Oliver Kuttner, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Edison2

Principal –  Pegasus BMW Porsche Audi 

Principal –  Griffon Motor Car Company 


Dr.-Ing. Jens Standfuss, Fraunhofer Institute Material and Beam Technologie, IWS

Dr. Jens Standfuss obtained a diploma in material science at the Technical University Dresden in 1993. In 1998 he received a Ph.D. at the same University.

Since 1993 he works at Fraunhofer IWS Dresden. After leading the group “Laser Welding” for many years, since January 2015 he is the head of the business unit “Joining”.

Business Unit Manager JOINING, Fraunhofer IWS


Ben Cooper, General Manager, Flex Innovation

As a passionate technologist and business developer, Ben is driven by the need to find innovative solutions to real-world problems. He has spent most of his career between start-ups and Fortune 500 innovation teams.

Before joining Flex, Ben was the founder and Managing Director of IoClothes, the first B2B industry platform providing tools, resources and key insights for the emerging areas of smart textiles and advanced soft systems integration. He was also the host of The IoClothes Podcast, a program that interviewed thought-leaders and innovators fusing tech and textiles.

Previously, Ben was a founding member of VF Corporation’s (parent company for The North Face, Timberland and Vans) Global Innovation Center, co-founded one of the first “smart” infant monitoring companies, Sensible Baby, and started his career as the lead engineer for the US Army’s footwear program.

Ben received a B.S. in Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University and M.S. in Biomechanics with high distinction from Boise State University.

Senior Manager, Research & Testing, VF Corporation Global Innovation Center


Holger Fricke, Head of Department, Adhesive Bonding Technology, Fraunhofer IWS

Abteilungsleiter “Klebtechnische Fertigung”, Fraunhofer IFAM 

Sprecher Kernkompetenz Kleben, Fraunhofer IFAM 

Wissenschaftler, Fraunhofer IFAM 


Markus Wagner, Team Leader Design and Special Processes Business Unit Joining, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

Work experience:

  • Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, Germany

Since 04/2020, Team Leader Design and Special Processes Business Unit Joining

  • Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, Germany

04/2018 – 03/2020, Postdoctoral Researcher, Team Component Design / Business Unit Joining

  • Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, Germany

01/2012 – 04/2018, Researcher, Team Laser beam welding / Component Design


  • PhD thesis

09/2015 – 04/2018,TU Dresden, Germany

Topic of the PhD thesis: Local Laser-Strengthening of crash-loaded car body structures

  • Diploma Studies

10/2006 – 12/2011, TU Freiberg, Germany

Study course: Vehicle design: materials and components


Jainendra Mishra, Senior Software Engineer, KPIT